UCLA Rumors & News

  • Steve Alford says LaVar Ball 'never' meddled at UCLA

    Sporting News "It's easy to assume that LaVar Ball was involved in some way or form at UCLA while his son was with the program. After seeing how involved he has been after Lonzo left for the NBA how could one not assume that? But according to UCLA coach Steve Alford in an interview with the Los Angeles Times,..." May 26

  • Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA next season

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA received a double dose of welcome news Tuesday regarding the NBA draft: Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday are withdrawing their names from consideration. Welsh announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season and Holiday’s mother, Toya, said in a text message to The Times that..." May 24

  • Steve Alford Should End LaVar Ball Circus, Tell Him LiAngelo and LaMelo Aren't Playing at UCLA

    The Big Lead "LaVar Ball’s latest comments, blaming slow white guys for UCLA’s tourney loss to Kentucky, represented a veiled shot at Steve Alford. While Alford certainly does not have an unblemished history, he’s got to be asking himself every day, if not every hour, whether one season of LaMelo Ball chucking..." April 07

  • LaVar Ball Denies Racism After 'White Guys' Comment: 'I'm Just Stating a Fact'

    TMZ "LaVar Ball claims his comment criticizing white players on UCLA's basketball team wasn't racist ... saying "that's just a realistic fact." Ball joined "Tiki and Tierney" on CBS Sports Radio to address his controversial statement ... “You can’t win no championship with three white guys because..." April 07

  • LaVar Ball Comment About "White Guys" is Really a Veiled Shot at Steve Alford

    The Big Lead "LaVar Ball briefly shut his mouth after Kentucky’s De'Aaron Fox embarrassed his son Lonzo Ball during the NCAA Tournament last month. But after getting a taste of the spotlight in 2017, LaVar Ball just can’t help himself, he craves seeing his name in the headlines: He’s back to saying insanely..." April 07

  • LaVar Ball Says UCLA Didn't Win Title Because White Players Are Too Slow

    Orange County Register "Lonzo Ball pulled his hamstring during UCLA’s season-ending loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16, his father LaVar Ball revealed Thursday, adding it prevented Lonzo from taking over for teammates who lacked the athleticism required to win a national championship. “Realistically you can’t win no..." April 07

  • UCLA's Ike Anigbogu to test NBA waters

    Fanrag Sports "UCLA Bruins standout Ike Anigbogu will enter the 2017 NBA Draft, a source told FanRag Sports on Wednesday. However, he will not be signing with an agent, which will make him eligible to return to college. A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Anigbogu only played 13.0 minutes per game..." April 05

  • Nike Thinks A $1 Billion Shoe Deal For The Ball Brothers Is A Tad Pricy

    Uproxx "Do you know what it takes to ask Nike for a $1 billion endorsement contract for your three basketball-playing sons? A lot of Balls. Three, to be exact. That’s what infamous sports dad Lavar Ball wants for his sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LiMelo: a [Dr. Evil voice] $1 billion shoe deal. It’s..." April 04

  • Most Teams Giving 'Very Slight Edge' To Markelle Fultz Over Lonzo Ball

    Real GM Basketball "When it comes to the draft board of NBA teams, Markelle Fultz "has a very slight edge" over Lonzo Ball at the top for most teams. Fultz and Ball are widely expected to be the first two players selected in June's draft. Fultz's ability to play multiple positions is considered an added benefit..." April 04

  • Phil Knight says Nike has 'an interest' in Lonzo Ball

    USA Today "Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, said the company would be interested in signing Lonzo Ball, the UCLA star who is turning pro after completing his freshman season. Knight also said he has no qualms about Lonzo’s father, LaVar, seeking $1 billion in exchange for a shoe and apparel deal for Lonzo..." April 02

  • T.J. Leaf becomes second UCLA freshman to declare for 2017 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "UCLA freshman T.J. Leaf declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday. “This was a huge decision for me and my family,” Leaf said in a statement. “It was definitely one of the hardest decisions in my life. I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft with the intent of hiring an agent. I just want to..." March 31

  • Lonzo Ball says he isn’t worried about being targeted by NBA players

    Fox Sports "Just a few days after UCLA’s season came to an end against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament and star point guard Lonzo Ball declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, the Ball family visited Undisputed to talk about the Bruins’ loss, the pressure LaVar Ball has heaped upon his children, and whether LaVar..." March 29

  • Lonzo Ball Says He's a Better NBA Draft Prospect than Markelle Fultz

    Bleacher Report "Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball are both widely considered top talents in the 2017 NBA draft, with both likely to be top-three picks June 22. According to Ball, however, he's the better prospect between the two. "Markelle's a great player, but I feel I'm better than him," Ball told ESPN 710 LA on..." March 28

  • Lonzo Ball was owned by UK's Fox, and LaVar just couldn't keep his mouth shut

    CBS Sports "Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox got the better of Lonzo Ball , in a big way, on Friday night in the Sweet 16. Fox, who finished with 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting, more than proved his chops as one of the best prospects in the country primed to make a splash in the NBA. Meanwhile, Ball looked..." March 26

  • Kentucky takes out UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Calipari stood in front of his Kentucky team at halftime Friday night and made an announcement. "We're going to play through De'Aaron Fox," he said. "The rest of you, take a back seat." Calipari said the Wildcats cheered after those words. When the game was over,..." March 25

  • LaVar Ball on Steve Alford: He knows my boys; glad he's staying

    ESPN "LaVar Ball, who opted to stay back in California to tend to his ailing wife instead of going to Memphis to watch his son Lonzo play against Kentucky, told ESPN he is glad Steve Alford is remaining at UCLA to coach his younger sons. "I feel good about that," said LaVar, who was not able to make..." March 25

  • Lonzo Ball's polarizing year at UCLA ends in Sweet 16, will he be No. 1 in the NBA draft?

    USA Today "The spotlight was undoubtedly shining on UCLA star point guard Lonzo Ball Friday night. In a game between two of college basketball's greatest bluebloods, with Lakers president Magic Johnson in attendance, and a trip to the Elite Eight on the line, the national freshman of the year was..." March 25

  • UCLA’s Steve Alford removes himself from consideration for the Indiana opening

    CBS Sports "UCLA coach Steve Alford publicly removed himself from consideration for the Indiana job early Saturday while insisting he won’t even talk to the school about its opening. “I am 100 percent absolutely not going to Indiana,” Alford told reporters after the Bruins lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16..." March 25

  • Third-seeded UCLA races past Cincinnati

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- If this is indeed the road to the Final Four for UCLA, the Bruins will look back on their Sunday game as the one they had to win before they could challenge college basketball's bluebloods for the national championship. The lights were brighter and the stakes were..." March 20

  • UCLA advances past Kent State

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- At one point, the score was almost as scary as the sight of Lonzo Ball crashing to the floor, but UCLA overcame both to beat Kent State 97-80 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at the Golden 1 Center. TJ Leaf scored 23 points for the..." March 18

  • Alford won't rule out Indiana but says 'I love UCLA'

    USA Today "UCLA coach Steve Alford did not rule out the possibility of becoming the new head basketball coach at Indiana, where he helped lead the Hoosiers to a national title in 1987. Indiana on Thursday fired Tom Crean, prompting speculation that Indiana will pursue Alford, in his fourth season as..." March 17

  • LaVar Ball Family Home Burglarized During High School Game

    TMZ "The family home of LaVar Ball -- and his 3 superstar sons -- was hit by burglars in Chino Hills Tuesday night while LiAngelo and LaMelo were playing in a televised high school playoff game. TMZ Sports has learned ... neighbors heard a suspicious crash sound at the Ball home around 8 PM and..." March 15

  • Arizona tops UCLA to advance to Pac-12 title game

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Arizona suffered one of its worst losses of the Sean Miller era when it played at Oregon earlier this season. The Wildcats will get a chance for revenge. Forward Lauri Markkanen scored 29 points and guard Allonzo Trier added 20 as seventh-ranked Arizona advanced to the..." March 11

  • UCLA’s Lonzo Ball won't face NCAA sanctions for apparel website

    USA Today "UCLA's Lonzo Ball won't face NCAA sanctions for his connection to a family apparel website that was using Ball’s image. UCLA asked the family to take down Ball’s photo from the website, bigballersbrand.com, after rival University of Southern California contacted UCLA about the matter in..." March 11

  • No. 3 Bruins squeeze past Trojans

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Isaac Hamilton scored 22 points as third-ranked UCLA beat USC 76-74 on Thursday night in a Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal game at the T-Mobile Arena. The Bruins, seeded third in the tournament, play second-seeded and seventh-ranked Arizona in a semifinal game Friday. Top-seeded..." March 10

  • LaVar Ball Doubles Down on His Thoughts That Lonzo is Better Than Steph Curry Right Now

    Black Sports Online "LaVar Ball is setting a high expectation for his son. Steph Curry is one of the best players in NBA. At worst he is a top 10 player, at best top 5. But, according to LaVar Ball, his son a college freshman is better than Steph Curry right now. Lavar appeared on FS1’s Undisputed with Skip..." March 07

  • No. 3 UCLA surges past Washington State

    The Sports Xchange "Aaron Holiday came off the bench to lead a second-half surge for shorthanded UCLA, helping the third-ranked Bruins end the regular season with a 77-68 victory over Washington State in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Holiday scored 16 points for UCLA..." March 05

  • Lonzo Ball’s dad to NBA teams: 'Why shouldn’t he be No. 1? He’s earned it.'

    USA Today "LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, has been outspoken about his son, and he has no intention of back down. Earlier this week, LaVar said that Lonzo would be the first player drafted with his own brand. He’s also claimed that his son is currently better than two-time MVP Steph..." March 03

  • Lonzo Ball Needs to Be Careful - His Dad Could End up Costing Him NBA Money

    The Big Lead "Lonzo Ball is 19, the best freshman UCLA has had since Kevin Love, and the point guard is poised to lead the Bruins to a title in the next six weeks. Except his pageant dad, Lavar Ball, keeps yapping to the media with unbelievably dumb comments: My son is better than Stephen Curry, Lonzo needs..." March 03

  • UCLA blows by Washington for eighth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "UCLA senior Bryce Alford made eight 3-pointers and moved to the brink of the school's all-time record while leading the third-ranked Bruins to a 98-66 victory over Washington in a Pac-12 Conference game Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Alford scored 29 points for UCLA,..." March 02

  • Lonzo Ball's father compares son's branding power to Michael Jordan, Nike

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball, has routinely caused a stir when talking about his son, most recently last week when he told an Arizona radio station that his son would only play in the NBA for the Lakers -- comments he quickly walked back. If you thought that would..." February 28

  • LaVar Ball Walked Back Comment That Lonzo Ball Will Only Play For The Lakers

    The Big Lead "UCLA star Lonzo Ball looks like he will be a Top 5 pick in the NBA Draft. His hometown Los Angeles Lakers have a good chance of picking in the Top 5. His father LaVar Ball had to walk back his comment to ESPN about his son only playing for the Lakers. “All I said was that my boy is going to..." February 26

  • Lonzo Ball not bothered by father's comments regarding Curry, Lakers

    USA Today "Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar, doesn’t shy away from giving his opinion about anything related to his son, the star of the No. 5 UCLA men’s basketball team. But he's a bit much, even with an extremely talented son projected to be a top-three pick in June’s NBA draft. LaVar said last week that..." February 26

  • No. 5 UCLA beats No. 4 Arizona in Pac-12 showdown

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball, told a Tucson radio station Saturday, "My boy don't lose to people two times in a row." Lonzo and the Bruins proved him right -- again. In a Pac-12 showdown featuring the best rivalry in the West over the..." February 25

  • No. 5 Bruins outmuscle Arizona State

    The Sports Xchange "TEMPE, Ariz. -- UCLA loves the perimeter game, as its 285 3-pointers this season attest. But in the right situation, the Bruins can still pound, pound, pound the ball inside. UCLA freshman forward TJ Leaf scored 25 points, freshman center Ike Anigbogu had a career-high 12 and the No. 5..." February 24

  • No. 6 UCLA steamrolls rival USC

    The Sports Xchange "Bryce Alford poured in 26 points as No. 6 UCLA rolled over rival USC to avenge one of its losses with a 102-70 victory Saturday night at a raucous Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. All five starters scored in double figures for UCLA (24-3, 11-3 Pac-12), which shot 53.8 percent, amassed a huge..." February 19

  • Ball leads No. 10 UCLA past Oregon State

    The Sports Xchange "UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball scored 22 points with nine assists and seven rebounds to lead the No. 10 Bruins to a 78-60 victory over Oregon State in a Pac-12 game on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. Showing balance, UCLA (23-3, 10-3 Pac-12) had seven players other than Ball score at least..." February 12

  • UCLA adds to stacked recruiting class with 4-star F Chris Smith

    Scout "The 2017 recruit Chris Smith just verbally committed to UCLA, he tells Scout. Smith, a standout at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, took an official visit to UCLA this week and was at their big win over Oregon on Thursday. "I've been working on my list for a while," Smith said. "I trimmed it down to..." February 12

  • No. 10 Bruins rally past No. 5 Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Playing the No. 5 team in the country in front of a sellout crowd gave UCLA star freshman Lonzo Ball an idea of what it will be like in the NCAA Tournament. Ball and guard Aaron Holiday each scored 15 points as the 10th-ranked Bruins rallied from a 15-point, second-half..." February 10

  • UCLA recruit LaMelo Ball scores 92 points in high school game

    Larry Brown Sports "College basketball fans already know how good UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is, but what’s scary is that his youngest brother may be even better. LaMelo Ball, a sophomore at Chino Hills High School in Southern California and the third of three talented basketball-playing Ball brothers, scored 92..." February 08

  • Ball, No. 11 UCLA overpower Fultz, Washington

    The Sports Xchange "Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz played to a statistical draw. Their teams did not. Ball had 22 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in a marquee matchup of freshmen point guards, leading No. 11 UCLA to a 107-66 victory over Washington on Saturday night in Seattle. More than..." February 05

  • No. 11 UCLA tops Washington State to end skid

    The Sports Xchange "Behind a career-high 32 points and 14 rebounds from freshman forward T.J. Leaf, No. 11 UCLA ended its two-game losing skid Wednesday with a 95-79 victory over Washington State in Pullman, Wash. "I think we got back on track with this win," said Leaf, who made 14 of 18 shots and had three..." February 02

  • Lonzo Ball's Dad 'The NBA Will Be Easier For Lonzo ... We're Coming After Michael Jordan'

    TMZ "If you think UCLA superstar Lonzo Ball is a problem now ... just wait until the kid gets to the NBA ... 'cause Lonzo's dad, LaVar, says he's gonna dominate the Association even EASIER than the NCAA. Lonzo's just a freshman, but has already established himself as one of the best players in the..." January 26

  • Simmons helps No. 14 Arizona upset No. 3 UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Even though Arizona was ranked No. 14, it felt a little unappreciated entering a Pac-12 battle against No. 3 UCLA on Saturday. That should change. Freshman guard Kobi Simmons had a career-high 20 points and freshman forward Lauri Markkanen added 18 when the Wildcats..." January 21

  • No. 3 UCLA routs Arizona State 102-80

    The Sports Xchange "Arizona State tried time and time again to get back into the game, but No. 3 UCLA had enough firepower to blow by the Sun Devils 102-80 in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Isaac Hamilton had a huge first half and finished with 33 points for UCLA..." January 20

  • Ball helps No.4 UCLA edge Utah

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Overpowering opponents on offense is UCLA's normal trademark this season. To outlast Utah in the final seconds, the Bruins had to turn to their defense to make a critical play. UCLA got the stop it needed in the final seconds to secure an 83-82 victory over the Utes on..." January 14

  • Alford, No. 4 Bruins blast Buffaloes

    The Sports Xchange "BOULDER, Colo. -- Bryce Alford picked up the pace in the second half, and the rest of the UCLA Bruins were quick to join him. Alford scored a career-high 37 points and helped UCLA's offense assert itself in the second half as the fourth-ranked Bruins pulled away for a 104-89 win over the..." January 13

  • No. 4 UCLA tops Stanford for 16th win

    The Sports Xchange "No. 4 UCLA surpassed its win total of last season with an 89-75 win Sunday over Stanford behind guard Lonzo Ball's 21 points, but coach Steve Alford is not about to term everything a success to this point. "This season's a journey," Alford said after the game at Pauley Pavilion in Los..." January 08

  • Alford, No. 4 UCLA hold off California

    The Sports Xchange "No. 4 UCLA matched last season's win total of 15 with its 81-71 victory over California on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The Bruins finished 15-17 last season, a tumultuous one in which coach Steve Alford wrote a letter of apology to UCLA fans. They are 15-1 overall now after beating the..." January 06

  • UCLA’s Prince Ali fully cleared but timetable for return not set

    Fanrag Sports "Steve Alford told FanRag Sports that guard Prince Ali (knee) has been fully cleared and has returned to practice. However, his timetable to return to live games has yet to be determined. Ali played in 29 games for the Bruins in 2015-16. He averaged 3.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.8 minutes..." January 04